At Torrance Memorial Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute, we are proud
of the strength and depth of our cardiovascular program. From prevention
through treatment, our numbers speak for themselves.
Torrance Memorial treated nearly 4,000 cardiac inpatients in one year,
based on 2018 data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development,
making it the third busiest hospital among Los Angeles County residents.
“These numbers reflect the expertise of our entire cardiovascular
team—cardiologists, interventionalists, surgeons and other specialized
staff. Together we are providing the most up-to-date care, including the
newest structural heart procedures such as TAVR, Mitri-Clip and Watchman.
Our goal is to greatly improve outcomes and quality of life for our patients
with all types of heart disease.”
Victoria Shin, MD, FACC, chair of cardiology division
Our program treats more than 1,000 heart failure patients every year, while
reducing readmission rates.
“Recent breakthroughs in heart failure treatment, including new medications,
makes living with heart failure more achievable than ever before. However,
the key to a successful heart failure program like the one here at Torrance
Memorial is patient education and follow-up. Our nurse practitioner takes
a comprehensive, supportive and long-term approach to patient care that
has become the cornerstone of our success. Additionally, our affiliation
with Cedars-Sinai means our heart failure patients also have access to
further advanced care—such as transplant— if necessary.”
– Mark Lurie, MD, medical director, Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute
At 59 minutes, Torrance Memorial has the fastest door-to-balloon time in
the South Bay.
A ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) receiving center, Torrance
Memorial has been recognized as a regional and national leader in heart
attack care. Our door-to-balloon (D2B) time ranks Torrance Memorial among
the top 25% of hospitals in the United States.
“Door-to-balloon time is a key quality performance measure in treating
heart attacks. The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association
recommend the artery be opened within 90 minutes, and recent studies have
shown opening the artery within 60 minutes offers even better short- and
long-term patient outcomes. At Torrance Memorial our team is actively
engaged with first responders and has optimized care delivery in the ER
to not only exceed the 90-minute goal, but to also best the 60-minute
goal. This allows us to continue to provide the best possible care for
the South Bay patients.”
– Ankush Chhabra, MD, interventional cardiologist, peripheral vascular
Torrance Memorial has performed the most TAVR procedures in the South Bay.
Since 2014, Torrance Memorial surgeons and interventional cardiologists
have performed transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures
on more than 488 patients—a volume not seen in many other hospitals.
“As with any procedure like the TAVR, experience counts. Our surgeons
and interventional cardiologists have a long-running, well-established
structural heart program. As a result of that experience, the TAVR program
at Torrance Memorial has had excellent results and outcomes that are superior
to the national average. And most importantly, the TAVR procedure is helping
patients who otherwise would have no treatment options.”
– Salman Azam, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute